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What Exactly Does Your “Prep” Work Include When Painting The Exterior Of A Home?

Pressure washing the exterior of your home is the first step in our preparation process. The first thing we do is spray a bio-degradable detergent onto the surface. This helps to loosen any dirt or dust that has become bonded to your previous coating. I’m sure that everyone understands how soap helps to loosen dirt when you take a shower. The same principle applies to the exterior of your home. Pressure washing your home with just water will only get the loose dirt off. And paint does not stick to dirt or other contaminates. Initially it will stick, but in time it will start to lose adhesion. It can last anywhere from several months to a few years before failing.

After we wash your home, we then begin the inspection process. We look for peeling, cracking and other signs of damage or deterioration. No one has Superman’s telescopic vision, which means he’s the only person who can properly inspect high areas of your home from the ground. In order to see what’s going on with the exterior of your home in high places, we physically inspect them from a ladder. Scraping and sanding loose and brittle paint is essential. Just blasting the exterior surfaces with water is not good enough. We sand all peeling and brittle areas thoroughly to remove brittle surrounding coatings that may not scrape loose with a light touch. Making sure to get the areas that surround obvious cracked and brittle paint spots ensures the best adhesion for longer life of the painted surfaces.

Another important consideration or “step” is to ensure that any raw wood or raw stucco is dry before priming or staining. If there is too much moisture in the exterior surface, then the paint would eventually “bubble” then crack and peel. So we check the moisture content of your home’s exterior surfaces using a moisture meter, probing into the wood or stucco to determine the moisture content. Just because it looks dry; does not mean it is dry. We look for a moisture content of 18% or less before priming or staining.

A quality paint job depends on thorough preparation. Most times the prep work is the biggest part of the job – but well worth doing it right. The preservation of your home, both structurally and aesthetically, depend on good maintenance, and a quality paint job will help to ensure that for many years. At Pinon Painting, I insist on a thorough preparation process so that you get the best, longest-lasting results possible.


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Pinon Painting Services...

  • Residential and Commercial
  • Interior Painting
  • Exterior Painting
  • Wood Staining - Interior Woodwork and Exterior Wood Siding and Decking
  • Fine Refinishing of Kitchen, Bath, Office Cabinetry
  • Composite Decking, Replacement and New Installation
  • Minor Stucco, Wood, Carpentry and Drywall Repairs
  • Color Consultation

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Dr. Daniel Alvino

Just wanted to put in a good word for the Pinon Painting work force. They provided excellent service in the painting of our home. An outstanding job by a group of men who were efficient, courteous, and accommodating in working around homeowners, our guests, and all of our needs. I recommend them highly for continued service to our community.

Dr. Daniel Alvino
B. Whitmer, Prescott, AZ | Rated: 3 / 3

Pinon Painting LLC is Rated: 3 / 3
Based on this happy customer’s review.

Jerry and I want to thank you for doing what you do to perfection! We are very pleased with how you handled the painting of our home. It is a special little place to us, and you made it special to you. Thanks for taking such a good care of us. The house looks great!

B. Whitmer, Prescott, AZ | Rated: 3 / 3
Jim and Julia Gilhooly

Punctual, Professional and an excellent painter.

Jim and Julia Gilhooly
J. Colvin, Prescott, AZ | Rated: 3 / 3

Pinon Painting LLC is Rated: 3 / 3
Based on these 2 happy customer reviews.
I am very pleased, particularly with the matching color and workmanship! Many thanks!

J. Colvin, Prescott, AZ | Rated: 3 / 3
Charles Stankus

This is the second time we used Pinon and both times the finished work was excellent. You did what you said you would do (quality work). Your crew was very efficient and easy to communicate with.

Charles Stankus

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